Monday, April 30, 2018

Mueller ignoring actual lawbreakers

The more Mueller searches for hypothetical lawbreaking, the more he ignores the actual lawbreakers.

The country is about to witness an investigatory train wreck.

In one direction, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation train is looking for any conceivable thing that President Donald Trump’s campaign team might have done wrong in 2016.

The oncoming train is slower but also larger. It involves congressional investigations, Department of Justice referrals, and inspector general’s reports mostly focused on improper or illegal FBI and DOJ behavior during the 2016 election.

Why are the two now about to collide?

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Seek asylum in Mexico first

Migrants seeking asylum at the southern border must ask for asylum in the safe countries they transit, says Homeland Defense Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

"Individuals of the ‘caravan’ seeking asylum or other similar claims should seek protections in the first safe country they enter, including Mexico," Nielsen said in an April 25 statement.

The statement spotlights the administration’s legal defenses against the roughly 1,000 caravan migrants trying to get through the legal loopholes in the border wall. Attorney General Jeff Sessions used similar language in an April 23 statement about the caravan migrants, saying "these individualsand their smugglersignored the willingness of the Mexican government to allow them to stay in Mexico."

The emphasis on migrants’ refusal asylum in Mexico may help U.S. immigration judges quickly reject migrants’ requests to file asylum claims and later justify the rejection to U.S. judge when once pro-migration groups file multiple lawsuits in U.S. courts.

According to the relevant federal regulation, "an alien is considered to be firmly resettled if, prior to arrival in the United States, he entered into another nation with, or while in that nation received, an offer of permanent resident status, citizenship, or some other type of permanent resettlement." Mexico does offer and grant asylum to people from Central America.

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Prisoner of War, author of Von Ryan's Express

U.S troops liberated a German prisoner-of-war camp on Apr. 29, 1945 bringing to an end the 28-month ordeal of a Houston newspaperman turned bomber navigator.

Anyone, who has driven the streets of Texas' largest city, has at one time or another ridden down Westheimer Road. Few realize, however, that the urban thoroughfare named for a nineteenth-century German immigrant is the longest in the entire Lone Star State.

Mitchell Louis Westheimer came to Texas in the 1850's. A huge success at every enterprise he tried, the businessman, who spoke seven languages, and his wife raised a houseful of children eight of their own, three orphans and five more belonging to struggling relatives.

One of Westheimer's many descendants was a great nephew named David Westheimer. Born in the Bayou City in 1917, he graduated from Rice Institute at age 20 and joined the staff of the Houston Post. He was juggling the dual duties of editor and columnist by the time the United States entered the Second World War and in short order put his civilian life on hold to enlist in the Army Air Forces.

On the morning of Dec. 11, 1942, a B-24 Liberator with the unwieldy name "Natchez to Mobile, Memphis to St. Jo" inspired by the comic strip Li'l Abner lumbered into the air from a field on the Suez Canal. The target of the day was the port of Naples 800 miles to the northwest on the coast of Italy.

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High cost of housing illegals

The federal government paid a "bed rate" of $127.82 per day to house each illegal alien detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in fiscal 2016, according to ICE data published in a new report by the Government Accountability Office.

Even if you do not count the extra day in that leap year, that works out to $46,654.30 for each detention bed occupied by an illegal alien for 365 days.

The approximately $46,654 it cost to house a detained illegal alien for 365 days in fiscal 2016 was approximately $104 more than the average income for Americans 15 and older that yearwhich, according to Census Bureau Table PINC-01, was $46,550.

The GAO report—"Immigration Detention: Opportunities Exist to Improve Cost Estimates"examined how ICE calculates its anticipated budgetary needs for detaining illegal aliens. It discovered, for example, that ICE had made some basic mathematical errors in preparing its budget justifications for Congress, including a $34.7 million multiplication error in its fiscal 2014 request and a $129 million multiplication error in its fiscal 2015 request.

ICE also made a $4,000 multiplication error in calculating its fiscal 2018 budget justification, the report said.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo vs. ICE

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent a "cease and desist" letter to federal immigration authorities Wednesday, ordering them to alert state and local police before they attempt any more arrests and demanding they leave some illegal immigrants alone altogether.

He also said he was issuing an executive order banning ICE officers from making arrests at state prisons and jails, and ordered agencies not to ask about immigration status. He was hoping to deny federal authorities information that could lead to future deportations.

"I think it’s time a state stood up to ICE and made this case and let them know that people have rights," the governor said, accusing the federal government of "stoking terror among law-abiding residents."

His move puts New York back in stiff competition with California in the battle for the title of the country’s premier sanctuary state but it drew a stiff rebuke from the Homeland Security Department and Mr. Homan himself, who said as a native New Yorker he was insulted by the governor’s attack on him and his people.

Mr. Homan also signaled he’s not going to cave.

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Russia's gift to U.S. after 9/11

Tear Drop Memorial, Bayonne New Jersey
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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Odds and ends

Mitt Romney seems to have lost his bid for a Senate seat in Utah. Big deal. He's a globalist. Screw him.

In 2016, Mitt Romney made waves when he urged Republicans to oppose Trump. He called Trump a "fraud" who lacked the character to be president. After Trump's election there was a brief thaw as the two dined publicly and Romney was floated as a potential secretary of State.

Former New York City Mayor and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg says he has a responsibility to help the environment as the Trump administration has backed down from its role in the Paris climate agreement. He said on "Face the Nation" he will write a check for $4.5 million this year to fund that mission.

Congressman Nunes....There was no official intelligence used when the DOJ started spying on Trump.

Headline....Climate change is not as bad as we thought, scientists say

Twenty years ago....The infamous "hockey stick" graph that crystalized global warming and ignited the climate wars was published, and became known as MBH98. The science in it was so bad, it is credited with spawning the modern climate skeptic movement.

Witness to truck ramming into pedestrians tells local Toronto TV station that the driver looked "wide-eyed, angry and Middle Eastern."

The SPLC’s already impressive endowment grew a staggering 35 percent in fiscal year 2017 to more than $432 million. Including operating funds, total assets topped $477 million as of October 31, 2017. Total revenues and gains in fiscal 2017 exceeded $180 million, more than triple the organization’s expenses for the year, of just under $60 million.

A study found that the homicide rates for blacks in Missouri is 46.24 per 100,000, more than double the national black homicide rate of 18.67 per 100,000. (The national white homicide victimization rate is 2.67 per 100,000.)

Kanye West on Wednesday appeared to lose more than 9 million Twitter followers in the minutes after President Trump retweeted the rapper’s declarations of "love" for the commander in chief.

"Get this: The China (dinette set) Trump Ordered Used Tuesday Night for the Macron Dinner? Same China Bill and Hillary Clinton STOLE from the White House and Were Forced to Return (Dead Serious Trump = Master Troll)" [Tweet Link]

Congressman Nunes....DOJ is stalling on surrendering documents to Congress in hopes that Dems will win in November.

A U.N. study now says that climate change is "not as bad as we thought." The study predicts temperature increases of 1.66C and 1.33C compared to the IPCC models’ more dramatic predictions of 3.1C and 1.9C, respectively, a reduction ranging from 45-30%.

America is 61 percent white, 18 percent Hispanic, and 12 percent black. California, by contrast, is 39 percent white, 38 percent Hispanic, 15 percent Asian, and 5 percent black. Moreover, one-fourth of the nation’s immigrant population lives in California. More than a quarter of California residents are immigrants, a number that almost doubles the national average.

"Climate Disruption" is being used instead of Climate Change or Global Warming by those in the know.

Good question....Is Elon Musk - the recipient of over five billion government dollars - really the focused workhorse he proclaims to be, or is he nothing more than a taxpayer-subsidized, scatterbrained mess hopelessly trying to make his science fiction dreams into reality?

Kanye West to Obama....You were in office for 8 full years and nothing changed in Chicago.

Sen. Lindsey Graham....Trump deserves Nobel Peace Prize for Korea peace gestures.

Tom Brokaw faces sex harassment charges (karma?)

Major cities like Buffalo, Chicago, and Detroit are experiencing temperatures a full 10 to 15 degrees F colder than normal, says meteorologist Jaclyn Whittal.


The oldest brewery

If you want to talk the history of beer over a pint, what better place than the world’s oldest continuously operating brewery? Forty miles due north of Munich, braumeisters at the Weihenstephan Abbey have been boiling hops for nearly 1,000 years.

And the seeds of beer history were planted even earlier. In the year 725, Saint Korbinian, along with 12 traveling companions, founded a Benedictine monastery on Nährberg Hill in Weihenstephan, in an area now called Freising. By the year 768, a hops garden was established on the grounds. Records show that farmers were obligated to pay a 10 percent tithe to the monastery for the privilege of growing hops on the land.

In the year 955, the Weihenstephan monastery was destroyed for the first but not the last time when Hungarians plundered the site, forcing the monks to reconstruct.

In 1040, brewing officially began when Abbott Arnold obtained a license from the city of Freising to brew and sell beer.

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Bakers have to bake cakes for gays, but Trump supporters can be kicked out of a bar

A judge ruled that a bar was well within its right to kick out Trump supporters. And this is great news.

Not because I have any particular animosity towards Trump supporters (any more than other enablers of government oppression). I’m not saying Trump supporters should be kicked out of bars. If I owned a bar I certainly wouldn’t kick out Trump supporters. After all, it’s not like the Bernie supporters have enough money to keep a business afloat.

But this is a win for freedom of association. All interactions should be consensual. Obviously, we understand this concept when it comes to relationships and sex. But for some reason, fewer people hold consent as so important when it comes to business transactions.

You don’t have to go to a bar, and a bar doesn’t have to serve you.

But this does seem like quite the contradiction compared to courts forcing bakers to bake cakes for gay couples.

The distinction, in this case, is that the bar did not deny someone based on religious beliefs. Political discrimination is allowed. So you cannot deny a customer based on your own religious beliefs, but you can deny a customer based on theirand yourpolitical beliefs. Unless of course, that customer holds a protected political belief, in which case you still cannot deny them.

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Left wing dictators never seem to go away

Daniel Ortega, the rabid, "freely elected" dictator of Nicaragua, and a guy who's been at it for so long that even the great Ronald Reagan knew about him and loathed him, has been having some problems in the Cuba-style hellhole he created in the name of "social justice."

The socialist thug has been siccing his goons to shoot protesters dead in the streets after a few of the youthful ones got the ball rolling with protests against his long, corrupt rule. Get a load of how bad it was, according to the BBC:

Some students said they had been beaten and tortured by police while in custody. The claims could not be independently verified.

Images on social media showed some, visibly distressed and with their heads shaved, as they were released.

At least 25 people are reported to have died in days of violent protests.

The unrest started last Wednesday when hundreds of people, mainly pensioners, took to the streets of the capital, Managua, to protest against changes to the country's social security system.

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Chelsea's nest egg

Hillary Clinton's aides called money donated to her charitable organization her daughter's 'nest egg', a new book claims.

The former Democratic presidential candidate's fundraiser took in $250 million for the Clinton Foundation before she announced her White House run.

In her new book, Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns and One Intact Glass Ceiling, New York Times journalist Amy Chozick does not say if the nest egg comment from one aide was a joke, though it appears to be a snarky comment referring to the foundation's history of controversy.

The revelation is likely to deepen a feud between Chelsea Clinton and Chozick.

The former first daughter has been using her Twitter account to berate Chozick and accuse her of writing 'fiction'.

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Throwback to January 10, 2011

US forces have fired so many bullets in Iraq and Afghanistan - an estimated 250,000 for every insurgent killed - that American ammunition-makers cannot keep up with demand. As a result the US is having to import supplies from Israel.

US forces have fired so many bullets in Iraq and Afghanistan - an estimated 250,000 for every insurgent killed - that American ammunition-makers cannot keep up with demand.

A government report says that US forces are now using 1.8 billion rounds of small-arms ammunition a year. The total has more than doubled in five years, largely as a result of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as changes in military doctrine.

"The Department of Defense's increased requirements for small- and medium-calibre ammunitions have largely been driven by increased weapons training requirements, dictated by the army's transformation to a more self-sustaining and lethal force - which was accelerated after the attacks of 11 September, 2001 - and by the deployment of forces to conduct recent US military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq," said the report by the General Accounting Office (GAO).

Estimating how many bullets US forces have expended for every insurgent killed is not a simple or precisely scientific matter. The former head of US forces in Iraq, General Tommy Franks, famously claimed that his forces "don't do body counts".

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Poor guy can't catch a break

Mohammad Qaseem Sarwary and his family of three are in limbo after being deported from Turkey earlier this month.

The car mechanic once ran a successful business in the eastern Afghan province of Laghman. His biggest customer was the local Afghan police force, whose U.S.-donated Ford Ranger he frequently repaired to earn nearly $800 a month.

But while he made a handsome living in Laghman’s mountainous Alishing district, he became a target for the Taliban, who were keen to deny the Afghan police access to local services.

"They [the Taliban] warned me to stop fixing their [police] Ranger vehicles," he said.

Sarwary says that even after he stopped working for the police the insurgents continued harassing him.

"They [the Taliban] warned me day and night. I escaped after gunmen came to my house," he added.

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Unmasking Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller has a long and sordid history of illicitly targeting innocent people that is a stain upon the legacy of American jurisprudence. He lacks the judgment and credibility to lead the prosecution of anyone.

I do not make these statements lightly.

Each time I prepared to question Mueller during Congressional hearings, the more concerned I became about his work ethic. Then as I went back to begin compiling all that information in order to recount personal interactions with Mueller, the more clearly the big picture began to come into focus. At one point I had to make the decision to stop adding to this or it would turn into a far too lengthy project.

My goal was to share some first-hand information as other Republican Members of Congress had requested, adding, "You seem to know so much about him." This article is prepared from my viewpoint to help better inform the reader about the Special Prosecutor leading the effort to railroad President Donald J. Trump through whatever manufactured charge he can allege. Judging by Mueller's history, it doesn't matter who he has to threaten, harass, prosecute or bankrupt to get someone to be willing to allege something anything about our current President, it certainly appears Mueller will do what it takes to bring down his target, ethically, or unethically, based on my findings.

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Mueller is overlooking real crimes

The more Mueller searches for hypothetical lawbreaking, the more he ignores the actual lawbreakers.

The country is about to witness an investigatory train wreck.

In one direction, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation train is looking for any conceivable thing that President Donald Trump’s campaign team might have done wrong in 2016.

The oncoming train is slower but also larger. It involves congressional investigations, Department of Justice referrals, and inspector general’s reports mostly focused on improper or illegal FBI and DOJ behavior during the 2016 election.

Why are the two now about to collide?

By charging former national-security adviser Michael Flynn for lying to the FBI, Mueller emphasized that even the appearance of false testimony is felonious behavior.

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California dreaming

Aaliyah Ramos was walking through the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo campus last year when a prospective student approached her.

Ramos was the only black person, the young woman said, that she and her mother had seen that day. They asked about the quality of education and the diversity of the student body.

Ramos, a mechanical engineering student, didn't want to sugarcoat the truth: Cal Poly long has been predominantly white. But she told the young woman who also was black that she didn't want to discourage her from applying, because that wouldn't help with diversity at a school where only 0.7% of students are African American the lowest percentage of any university in the California State system.

Now, after a recent spate of racial incidents including a white fraternity member appearing in blackface Ramos is reconsidering her answer.

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Comey and McCabe in big legal trouble

The inner circle of James Comey and Andrew McCabe on the 7th Floor of FBI HQ has flipped, according to high level Justice Department officials.

The once-loyal cabal of FBI brass and leaders who reigned during the FBI tenures of Comey and McCabe have been testifying against their former bosses, DOJ sources confirm.

For now at least that cooperation involves cooperation with the Inspector General. Soon, that would likely extend to grand juries, according to sources.

In law enforcement circles, these players are referred to as Rats, cops who implicate other cops to save their jobs and pensions. So who is ratting on Comey and McCabe and cooperating with the proceedings against each?

FBI Counterintelligence Head Bill Priestap is the biggest fish, federal law enforcement sources said. And he is a key player here. His cooperation spells trouble for McCabe and likely Comey too.

"Last guy I would have thought would cooperate is cooperating," one high-ranking Justice official said about Priestap. "He knows about everything the IG is looking at because he was involved in it all."

The Justice official called Priestap’s cooperation "devastating" especially to McCabe. The source would not elaborate.

McCabe realized this when he banked over $500K on a GoFundMe campaign for upcoming legal fees.

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Yeti is no longer ready

On April 21 Breitbart News reported on a NRA-ILA statement which said Yeti Coolers had cut ties with the NRA Foundation.

The statement, written by former NRA president and USF executive director Marion Hammer, said, "Suddenly, without prior notice, YETI has declined to do business with The NRA Foundation saying they no longer wish to be an NRA vendor, and refused to say why. They will only say they will no longer sell products to The NRA Foundation."

The response began as whisper, then morphed into a scream and quickly took the form of #BoycottYeti movement on Twitter. Now the response is characterized by videos of people shooting, slicing, or otherwise destroying Yeti Cooler products while proclaiming allegiance to the NRA.

WBTW reported that Hartsville, South Carolina, resident Bryan Atkinson loaded his Yeti Cooler with 22 pounds of Tannerite and proclaimed, "This Yeti ain’t ready."

He said, "Yeti can’t stand behind the NRA, I ain’t standing behind Yeti no more."

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Is Sessions playing possum?

In January 2017, right before the inauguration, I was in Trump Tower with Steve Bannon.

"What about Hillary?" I asked. "You gonna prosecute her?"

He waved me off. "That’s Sessions’ deal."

On March 2, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from "any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for President of the United States." Everyone forgot the line that followed: "This announcement should not be interpreted as confirmation of the existence of any investigation or suggestive of the scope of any such investigation," he added. But what he did not say was that the announcement should not be interpreted as denial of the existence of any such investigation."

The Swamp—and virtually all of the hysterical right that was conditioned to being stabbed in the back by its elected or appointed officials—merely assumed that no investigation was going on.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Polls show agreement with Trump

A national poll conducted of 1,000 likely voters by McLaughlin & Associates and former Clinton pollster Dick Morris provided exclusively to Breitbart News shows support for President Trump and suspicion of the investigation of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller.

By a margin of 51 percent to 33 percent, voters do not believe Mueller has found "real evidence of corruption by the president."

More specifically, by a margin of 10 points, 43 percent to 33 percent, voters feel that Mueller has not uncovered any evidence that "President Trump colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election."

A plurality of voters, 43 percent to 35 percent, said that Mueller’s investigation has "overstepped its designated purpose to investigate links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Trump by investigating individuals who had nothing to do with Russia."

The poll also shows that voters are losing patience with Mueller’s probe.

Asked if they think "the investigation being conducted by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller has gone on for too long and cost too much," voters agreed by a 20 point margin, 52 percent to 32 percent.

Mueller does not fare well when it comes to voter attitudes regarding the fairness of his investigation.

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It's dangerous out there in the outdoors

A near-century-old outdoor recreation club will now refrain from going outside because it is too dangerous out in the wilderness, according to officials at Penn State University.

The Penn State Outing Club, originally founded in 1920, announced last week that the university will no longer allow the club to organize outdoor, student-led trips starting next semester. The hiking, camping and other outdoors-focused activities the student-led club has long engaged in are too risky, the university’s offices of Student Affairs and Risk Management determined.

Richard Waltz, the Outing Club’s current president, said that the decision was made by an office that never consulted them.

The decision was based on a two-month review that didn’t include consultation with student leaders at any of the clubs deemed too risky, according to students.

Two other outdoor recreation clubs the spelunking Nittany Grotto Caving Club and the Nittany Divers SCUBA Club also have been directed to end trip offerings.

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Subsidizing terrorism

A former bodyguard of mass killer Osama bin Laden is being supported to live free in Germany at a cost to taxpayers of over £1,000 per month. Although classified as dangerous and forced to report to police every day, authorities claim Sami A. cannot be sent back to his Tunisian homeland because the risk of torture would be too high.

He has already had his asylum application rejected by Germany and handed a deportation order.

But the 42-year-old, who travelled to Afghanistan in the late 1990s to become a bodyguard for the architect of the 9/11 attacks, continues to stay in Germany after a court ruled he could face torture if deported.

The state of North Rhine-Westphalia admitted it pays €1167,84 a month to him, his wife and their four children aged between four and 11.

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Okay, so why are prices for electricity going up?

Over the last year, the media have published story after story after story about the declining price of solar panels and wind turbines.

People who read these stories are understandably left with the impression that the more solar and wind energy we produce, the lower electricity prices will become.

And yet that’s not what’s happening. In fact, it’s the opposite.

Between 2009 and 2017, the price of solar panels per watt declined by 75 percent while the price of wind turbines per watt declined by 50 percent.

And yet during the same period the price of electricity in places that deployed significant quantities of renewables increased dramatically.

Electricity prices increased by:
51 percent in Germany during its expansion of solar and wind energy from 2006 to 2016;

24 percent in California during its solar energy build-out from 2011 to 2017;

over 100 percent in Denmark since 1995 when it began deploying renewables (mostly wind) in earnest.

What gives? If solar panels and wind turbines became so much cheaper, why did the price of electricity rise instead of decline?

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911 operator hangs up on callers

A former 911 operator in Houston has been found guilty of hanging up on people calling for emergency services. Jurors on Wednesday found 44-year-old Crenshanda Williams guilty of interference with emergency telephone calls, a misdemeanor.

She was sentenced to 10 days in jail and 18 months of probation.

Prosecutors from the Harris County district attorney's office say she worked as a 911 operator for a year and a half, ending in 2016. Records showed that thousands of calls lasting less than 20 seconds were attributed to her hanging up. She was fired after a supervisor noticed the unusual number of "short calls," reports CBS affiliate KHOU.

Calls varied from reports of robberies and homicides to reports of speeding vehicles.

Prosecutors said Williams betrayed the community's trust.

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New Black Panthers want a state (or more)

Malik Shabazz, former chairman of the New Black Panther Party and president of Black Lawyers for Justice, called on President Trump to provide reparations for slavery or designate territory solely for African-Americans.

"We must have reparations, full compensation for the theft of our land, the theft of our bodies, the theft of our people from Africa, the theft of our dignity; the desecration of our souls decade after decade after decade after decade. As I said, we don’t want your food stamps. We don’t want no government handout. We don’t want to be trying to fix up some paperwork so I can get Social Security. We want our own. Donald Trump, you don’t want us? You don’t want to be around us? Hot dammit, I don’t want to be around you," Shabazz said during a "Save Our Sons: Stop the Killing" and "Condemn Donald Trump" National Black Men’s Convention march and rally outside of the White House on Saturday organized by the National Black Men’s Movement.

"We want land. We want our own. You don’t like us, Mr. Trump? Break us off some of this territory. You don’t like us, Mr. Trump? You don’t want to be around us? Then hand over the state of Florida," he added. "You don’t want to be around us make a trade. Give me Georgia. Give me Alabama. Give me South Carolina."

Speakers at the National Black Men’s Movement events included representatives from the New Black Panther Party and other organizations such as city-level Black Lives Matter groups and the National Action Network.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Polygamy is banned in Germany (or maybe not)

The practice of having more than one wife is causing a stir in Germany, according to Enab Baladi.

Most Arab countries allow polygamy for men up to four wives, in accordance with Islamic Sharia, which Germany has banned and considers a punishable crime.

Mahmoud Afara, who works in a legal advisory office for refugees in Germany, told Enab Baladi that the punishments for marrying more than one woman could include withdrawing the right to asylum or raising the tax limit on normal citizens.

The German public prosecutor is studying this month the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the regional administration that exempted two cases, after receiving 30 requests to sue the local administration on the charge of encouraging polygamy.

The state justified its acceptance of the family reunification on the grounds that its decisions "do not comprise a general rule and did not support polygamy, and it falls outside its legal capacity to impact marriage rights in other countries."

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Major irregularities at the State Department

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence chairman provided an update on Sunday of the panel’s investigation into what he says are "major irregularities" at the State Department regarding its handling of information about President Donald Trump’s campaign.

California Rep. and Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes’s investigators are looking into the State Department’s handling of information about George Papadopoulos, the Trump campaign adviser whose discussions about Hillary Clinton emails are what led the FBI to open its counterintelligence investigation in July 2016, the chairman suggested when he appeared on Fox News.

"We are investigating the State Department. We think there are some major irregularities at the State Department, and we’re trying to figure out how it is that this information about Mr. Papadopoulos of all people, who was supposedly meeting with some folks in London, how that made it over across into the FBI’s hands," Nunes told Maria Bartiromo, the host of "Sunday Morning Futures."

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Everyone is suing someone, thanks Democrats

Anyone who follows coverage of racial politics in America will notice how often Asians are elided in opinion surveys, and how often they are portrayed in an incoherent and nakedly instrumental manner. Mother Jones, for instance, emblazoned the headline "Silicon Valley Firms Are Even Whiter and More Male Than You Thought" over a story disclosing that Google’s workforce was 60 percent white (less than the share of white people in the general population) and 34 percent Asian (nearly six times greater than the share of Asians in the general population). Asians aren’t seen as a "real" minoritynobody has them in mind when they speak of minorities, and thus the hiring of many Asians does not count for those in pursuit of "diversity." This exclusion has been formalized into the bureaucratic euphemism "underrepresented minority," which means "minorities who are not Asian."

A lawsuit filed by a white recruiting manager at YouTube last week alleged that the company imposed unlawful quotas for hiring black, Hispanic, and female candidates while ceasing to hire white and Asian males. The quasi-monopolistic tech behemoth is now being sued for discriminating against women, men, conservatives, leftists, and white, and Asian males, even as it is also being sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for failing to turn over data on its diversity numbers. Asian-American advocates took to social media to decry the use of Asian-Americans as a "wedge" against those seeking diversity, yet again adopting the oddly reflexive deference to all such pushes for "diversity" that explicitly intend to increase the number of "underrepresented minorities" at the expense of Asians. Gaze at this pattern of events long enough, and you can glimpse the vulnerability of the system of tense compromises that have structured the American racial compact since the 1990s.

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Do black students misbehave more than whites?

Race advocates and the media are greeting a new Government Accountability Office report on racial disparities in school discipline as a vindication of Obama administration policies. The GAO found that black students get suspended at nearly three times the rate of white students nationally, a finding consistent with previous analyses. ...

The GAO report ignores the critical question regarding disciplinary disparities: do black students in fact misbehave more than white students? The report simply assumes, without argument, that black students and white students act identically in class and proceeds to document their different rates of discipline. This assumption of equivalent school behavior is patently unjustified. According to federal data, black male teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17 commit homicide at nearly 10 times the rate of white male teenagers of the same age (the category "white" in this homicide data includes most Hispanics; if Hispanics were removed from the white category, the homicide disparity between blacks and whites would be much higher). That higher black homicide rate indicates a failure of socialization; teen murderers of any race lack impulse control and anger-management skills. Lesser types of juvenile crime also show large racial disparities. It is fanciful to think that the lack of socialization that produces such elevated rates of criminal violence would not also affect classroom behavior. While the number of black teens committing murder is relatively small compared with their numbers at large, a very high percentage of black children71 percentcome from the stressed-out, single-parent homes that result in elevated rates of crime.

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We don't need a president nowadays, just ask a judge what to do

A third federal judge ruled Tuesday against the Trump administration in its quest to end a program that shields undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children from deportation.

The judge ordered that the government must begin to accept new applications for the program, but not immediately.

In his ruling, U.S. District Judge John D. Bates, in Washington D.C., said the administration’s decision to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, was "arbitrary and capricious" because the Department of Homeland Security failed to adequately explain its "conclusion that the program was unlawful."

The court stayed its order, though, giving the government 90 days to explain its decision to end the program. After that, he said, DHS must accept and process new and renewal applications.

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Gains and losses in congressional seats

Monday, April 23, 2018

Earth Day predictions

In the May 2000 issue of Reason Magazine, award-winning science correspondent Ronald Bailey wrote an excellent article titled "Earth Day, Then and Now" to provide some historical perspective on the 30th anniversary of Earth Day. In that article, Bailey noted that around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970, and in the years following, there was a "torrent of apocalyptic predictions" and many of those predictions were featured in his Reason article. Well, it’s now the 48th anniversary of Earth Day, and a good time to ask the question again that Bailey asked 18 years ago: How accurate were the predictions made around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970? The answer: "The prophets of doom were not simply wrong, but spectacularly wrong," according to Bailey.

Here are 18 examples of the spectacularly wrong predictions made around 1970 when the "green holy day" (aka Earth Day) started....

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Texas Rangers v. Comanches

Texas Rangers and Indian allies in war paint crossed the Red River on Apr. 24, 1858 in search of a common enemy -- the Comanches.

The key to Hardin Runnels' surprising upset of Sam Houston in the election of 1857 was his belligerent attitude toward the North and the Indians. While the new governor could not declare war on the Yankees, he was free to turn Rip Ford loose on the Comanches.

Ranger, soldier, newspaperman and politician, John Salmon Ford was also Texas' foremost Indian fighter. Eight years after ridding the Rio Grande of red raiders, he was asked to perform the same chore along the Red River.

Putting Old Rip in charge of the state militia, Runnels empowered him to pick a hundred experienced hands. His mission was to "follow any and all trails of hostile or suspected hostile Indians you may discover, and if possible, overtake and chastise them."

From the northwest frontier in February 1858, Ford reported that the bone-chilling tales of terror and devastation were tragically true. In the wake of the Comanche onslaught, entire communities were deserted and commerce had come to a complete standstill.

Ford realized his 102-man force would be no match for the Comanches on their home ground above the Red River. So he sought reinforcements from the most promising available source, the Brazos Indian Reservation.

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OKC bombing responder was a hero

Sgt. Terrance Yeakey was an Oklahoma City Police Officer, a first responder to the OKC bombing, and an American hero.

Officer Yeakey, known to friends as Terry, saved the lives of eight people from the Alfred P. Murrah building on the morning of April 19, 1995.

Terry was a few blocks away from Timothy McVeigh and the now infamous Ryder truck-which was brimming with explosives-when it detonated and erased the lives of 168 people, including 19 children. Yeakey rushed to the blast site, and without regard for his own life, began pulling people from the rubble one by one.

Instead of being showered with accolades by his government for his heroic efforts, Terrance was silenced for what he witnessed in the direct aftermath of one of largest mass murders that the United States has ever seen.

No one is quite sure what Terry actually observed at the Murrah building that April morning, but according to all indications, whatever it was he witnessed did not sync up with the official narrative released by the United States government.

Officer Yeakey began compiling evidence against the tale put out by federal officials and stored his findings in a storage facility outside of El Reno, Oklahoma. The data he was accumulating was also in direct contradiction to "the facts" being reported by media outlets worldwide.

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Racism in Ottawa

A group of parents from Ottawa’s black community are calling on the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board to collect race-based data so they can fight discrimination in the education system.

Richard Sharpe said his 16-year-old son has faced undue discrimination at school.

"We found that he was being racially profiled. We found that he was being disproportionately penalized for small things," Sharpe said.

He and his wife were concerned race was a factor when their son was suspended for a day last year "for questioning an administrator as to why him and other black and brown students were being asked to shuffle along and remove their headbands while they were chatting in the hallway," Sharpe told CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning Wednesday.

He said it makes a climate where children like his don’t feel safe or trust the administrators and often feel disengaged from the educational system.

Sharpe said other parents of children of colour have had similar experiences.

"Our children are being treated differently in terms of being suspended more, expelled more and being streamed into programs that are not academic," he said.

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Police use anti-KKK law against Antifa goons

Faced with hundreds of demonstrators rallying against a crowd of neo-Nazis in Newnan, Georgia, authorities turned to a little-known Georgia law adopted in 1951 to combat the Ku Klux Klan.

The law, which makes it illegal to wear a mask at most public events, was cited in several of the arrests of counterdemonstrators who joined a protest Saturday against white supremacists.

And the irony was not lost upon the organizers of the counterdemonstration, who were fuming Sunday that a law aimed at weakening white supremacists was used to arrest protesters who opposed a neo-Nazi rally.

"They were trying to stop us, and we were trying to dial down the racist stuff," said Jeremy Ortega, a 19-year-old who was among the counterprotesters charged with a misdemeanor for wearing a mask.

He said many of the demonstrators wore masks to avoid being identified and threatened by white power groups.

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Historical coincidences

In 1979, a set of twins was reunited at age 39. They had been separated at four-weeks-old, and for 37 years, hardly knew of each other's existence. So when they met, there were a few surprises: both boys had been named Jim by their adoptive parents, both loved math and carpentry, and both pursued careers in security. Even eerier, they each married women named Linda, divorced, and remarried women named Betty, writes People. As for their kid's names? James Allan and James Alan. It was a fascinating reunion, to say the least.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Odds and ends

On unlucky Friday, April 13, the temperatures dipped to a low of -2 C with a wind chill of -6 C, according to Environment Canada. It marked the 167th consecutive day of minimum temperatures at or below 0 C, which means Edmonton hasn’t seen an overnight temperature above the freezing mark since Oct. 29, nearly six months ago.

Independent Swiss lab says BZ Toxin used in Skripal poisoning was produced by U.S./U.K., not Russia.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan says James Comey is a man of integrity. (cough, cough)

The USDA data reveals that a total of 587,792 people discontinued their participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) between December 2017 and January 2018.

Since the beginning of this year, a machete attack has been committed in Britain every 90 minutes, on average.

James Comey calls Trump "morally unfit" to be president in searing interview.

Two people have been stabbed to death in London within 40 minutes of one another in separate attacks this past weekend. An 18-year-old man is also in critcial condition after being stabbed just hours later on Sunday in Haringey, north London.

Tesla temporarily shutting down Model 3 production. Workers at the factory said that the announcement of the temporary closure - expected to be only four or five days - came without warning, and that most workers are expected to use vacation time or stay at home pay during the break.

"The Catholic Church is an institution I am bound to hold divine -- but for unbelievers a proof of its divinity might be found in the fact that no merely human institution conducted with such knavish imbecility would have lasted a fortnight."

An estimated 30 million people, mostly Christian, were killed by the Communists in Soviet Russia. The writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn put the death toll closer to 60 million.

Netherlands....Almost 90% of refugees, who received their residence permit in 2014, were unemployed two and a half years later, according to figures from the Dutch statistics office CBS. While 11% of refugees do work, a large majority of them still don’t have a full-time job. After two and a half years only 15% are fully employed.

Keith Ellison of the DNC...."Women Are Dying Because We Are Losing Elections"

New York Times....In the generation since apartheid ended in 1994, tens of billions of dollars in public funds intended to develop the economy and improve the lives of black South Africans have been siphoned off by leaders of the A.N.C., the very organization that had promised them a new, equal and just nation.

James Comey...."I'm leaving the Republican Party." (Haha)

About half of Californians say they support President Trump’s Muslim travel ban and more deportations of undocumented immigrants, according to a new poll that challenges the conventional belief that residents of the left-leaning Golden State are overwhelmingly allergic to the administration’s hard line on immigration.

Central and S. America comprise some 12% of the world's population and 38% of the homicides.

Robert de Niro...."America is being run by a mad man. When he doesn’t like what he hears, he dismisses it by saying it’s un-American and damning and it’s ‘fake news,’ but we know the truth. All thinking people do know the truth."

Headline....Soros in retreat..Billionaire's university to move from Budapest to Vienna.

Tony Podesta is supposedly a fan of pedophilic "art," which the Washington Post published more than a decade ago. His predilection for prepubescent people is not considered a perversion in our nation's capitol.

Headline....Democrats call for trillion dollar tax hike.

Isn't it odd that Comey wrote all those memos to record his meetings with Trump? Yet he never did the same after meetings with President Obama, Attorney General Lynch, Secretary Clinton, and all the DOJ and FBI officials he worked with. CYA?

A poll released by UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, a left-wing organization, found some shocking results in the far-left state of California, including a desire from a clear majority of 59 percent to "increase deportations" of illegal immigrants.

"The number of active-duty U.S. military troops stationed overseas has dipped below 200,000 for the first time in at least 60 years," Pew Research Center reported.

If true, this is remarkable achievement by Trump....North Korea to halt nuclear, ICBM tests..Dismantle test site..pursue peace.

Researchers have concluded that "religiosity" wanes as people get more help from government programs. They think that people replace spiritual help from God with tangible help from the government.

Comment seen on the internet....I had a chance to ask a mid level European politician this question (what's the deal with injecting Islam into Europe, don't you realize this is suicide) and he said "it is by design to make the average person disgusted by all religion. It was picked because it is the poster-child of the worst most backward religion. When the time is right, the funding will be cut off and it will wither and die, but all religion will go with it."

Headline....USA Today refuses to apologize for calling Trump "unfit to clean toilets"

Severing ties with Confucius Institutes

Tensions between the U.S. and China just reached two college campuses in Texas.

On April 9, the Texas A&M University system announced its intention to close two Confucius Institutes located at its College Station and Prairie View campuses, respectively. The Chinese government-funded institutes offer language and cultural programming for students, but a recent letter from Reps. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, and Michael McCaul, R-Texas, flagged them as "a threat to U.S. national security," saying they serve "as a platform for China’s intelligence collection and political agenda."

In response, university Chancellor John Sharp decided to close the two institutes. He released a statement saying:
We have great respect for Congressmen McCaul and Cuellar. I don’t question their judgment, nor their patriotism. In addition, they have access to classified information we do not have. We are terminating the contract as they suggested.
This action follows similar decisions by the University of Chicago and Pennsylvania State University to sever their ties with China. Concerns over the Confucius Institutes, which are located at universities around the world, have been growing in recent years and have come under increased scrutiny from members of Congress, the media, and academic organizations like the American Association of University Professors.

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Louis Farrakhan, fail

A bizarre and disturbingly anti-Semitic lecture about the Star of David posted in 2016 has resurfaced online. Louis Farrakhan, the 84-year-old head of the Nation of Islam, links the Jewish symbol to the Biblical mark of the beast and sexual immorality.

Farrakhan presents the image of the Star of David on a screen and makes note of the six triangles. "Each angle in an equilateral triangle has how many degrees?" he asks, smiling. "60," reply audience members in unison, much to Farrakhan's delight. "So, the Bible says, count the number of a beast, for it is the number of a man," he notes.

After connecting the Star of David to the mark of the beast, the anti-Semitic minister gives a tutorial on how the Jewish symbol, when superimposed over the body, illustrates sexual immorality.

The top triangle, he says, relates to "spiritual wisdom," but the bottom triangle is another story.

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DNC to sue Russia, the Trump campaign, and Wikileaks

If this lawsuit proceeds, the Trump Campaign will be prepared to leverage the discovery process and explore the DNC’s now-secret records about the actual corruption they perpetrated to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Everything will be on the table, including:
How the DNC contributed to the fake dossier, using Fusion GPS along with the Clinton Campaign as the basis for the launch of a phony investigation.

Why the FBI was never allowed access to the DNC servers in the course of their investigation into the Clinton e-mail scandal.

How the DNC conspired to hand Hillary Clinton the nomination over Bernie Sanders.

How officials at the highest levels of the DNC colluded with the news media to influence the outcome of the DNC nomination.

Management decisions by Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Donna Brazile, Tom Perez, and John Podesta; their e-mails, personnel decisions, budgets, opposition research, and more.

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The nation's report card

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ recent interview with Lesley Stahl on "60 Minutes" caused quite a bit of backlash from critics.

As my colleague Jonathan Butcher has written, "60 Minutes" ignored many of the facts about the state of education in America. Response to the interview drew quite a bit of criticism of DeVos and her policy solutions.

Perhaps one of the most pivotal moments came when she suggested that the United States’ heavy federal investment in education has not yielded any results. Stahl hit back, asserting that school performance has been on the rise.

But the latest government data show otherwise. According to the recently released 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the nation’s "report card," we now have more evidence that DeVos was correct.

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Let freedom ring, except for conservatives

Siena College student Zack Butler is currently under investigation for allegedly violating the school’s code of conduct and could face punishments as severe as expulsion.

His crime? Posting copies of an email sent March 20 by philosophy professor Jennifer McErlean to an alumnus expressing her resentment toward conservative students and a free speech event they’re set to host next week, a Turning Point USA conference called "Let Freedom Ring" that will feature a variety of prominent conservative movers and shakers.

In the email, McErlean decried conservative students as "evil," noting she quit a civil discourse committee because working with conservative students was making her "miserable," according to a copy of the email obtained by The College Fix.

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Suing Google

Three new plaintiffs have joined former Google employee James Damore’s lawsuit against the company, alleging gender, racial, and political discrimination.

Manuel Amador, Stephen McPherson, and Michael Burns, who were all job applicants turned down by Google, have joined the lawsuit.

"As amply supported by the allegations set forth in this First Amended Complaint, Google has adopted a pattern and practice of disparately and adversely treating similarly situated job applicants because of the applicants’ race, sex, and political affiliations and activities," declares the updated lawsuit. "Google and its management fetishize ‘diversity’ as measured by these protected characteristics only, and mandate that the percentage of non-Caucasian/Asian, non-male, and non-conservatives employed by Google increase rapidly over time. In so doing, Google assigns negative value to applications submitted by persons perceived to be members of Google-disfavored races, male, and/or conservative, by virtue of the applicant’s protected traits, affiliations, or activities."

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Failed energy projects

The history of failed energy projects in the last 10 years is becoming a text book case of what is in store for any country that is trying to appease the IPPC and the Green environmental movement. Canada is pushing the climate change narrative through the use of government policies that include carbon pricing through a tax and restrictions on development through emissions reduction.

Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline was one of the first to fail. Northern Gateway was first proposed in 2006 but the final project application was submitted to the Nation Energy Board for review in May of 2010. This 8.0 billion pipeline project would have carried oil from Edmonton Alberta to Kitimat BC to be loaded onto tankers for the sale to the Pacific Rim and beyond. Many foreign environmental groups pumped millions of dollars into the fight against this project through Canadian nonprofit environmental organizations. Vivian Krause exposed the worst offenders in a number of articles she did for the Vancouver Sun. Vivian had to use the US tax records to track these donations from the US based environmental groups. Canadian Non-profit charities do not have to make the same type of disclosures as they do in the US so the funding sources are not reported to the Canadian government. In spite of all the protests the final permit from the Federal Government came in June of 2014 with over 209 conditions to be met before construction would begin. Some of these conditions were the agreement from First Nations in the area of the pipeline and the tanker route from Kitimat BC. Some of the First Nations groups were receiving this foreign influence money and advice from a number of self serving environmental groups to fight the pipeline. The final nail in the coffin for Gateway was the election of Justin Trudeau. Not one month into Trudeau’s term as prime minister he issued a moratorium on any new oil tanker traffic on the BC coast from North of Port Hardy to the Alaskan panhandle. The approval process for this pipeline was over three and half years of hearings and addressing requests for information and clarification of design and operation aspects. In the end Enbridge could not get the approval of all the parties involved so they closed the project down after Justin Trudeau’s tanker ban.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Dual citizen running for California 51st district on border with Mexico

In the 2018 election, John Renison, a Mexican citizen, is running as a Republican candidate for the House of Representatives in the 51st district, which includes California’s entire border with Mexico.

Renison aka Juan Ray Renison Rosas is a dual citizen with Mexican and American citizenship. He was a candidate for the Mexican Senate for the radical-left Green Party in 2012 and appears to also have been a candidate in 2010 for the Camera de Deputados de Baja California, that is the Baja state assembly for the "Partido Estatal de Baja California (Baja State Party). He is also the owner of a cross-border, customs brokerage business, which could profit considerably from cross-border solutions that he may promote as congressman of the 51st District.

All this represents a serious conflict of interest. As Congressman of the 51st district, he would be dealing with very critical issues that have a huge impact on our national interests, such as the massive spills of sewage and toxic waste coming across the border, NAFTA and border security, as well as illegal immigration.

As Mexican citizen and political activist, who has been a candidate for political office in Mexico and who considers Mexicali, Mexico to be his "homeland" from early childhood, it is a reasonable to ask to which country does he owe his primary loyalty? In Spanish he calls Mexicali his "tierra natal", his homeland, native land or literally the land of his birth. His first choice would have been a political career in Mexico. It seems that he entered politics in the U.S. because he had trouble being elected to office in Mexico. A political career in the U.S was his second choice. Yet, when speaking in English, he says he is absolutely loyal to the U.S. That is difficult to believe, given his prior background in Mexico of political activism with left-wing parties.

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Revoking naturalization

A federal judge has revoked the U.S. citizenship of a naturalized Somali immigrant who fraudulently sponsored four of her countrymen for green cards, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

Judge Susan Richard Nelson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota entered an order to cancel the naturalization certificate of Fosia Abdi Adan, 51, who immigrated to the U.S. in 2001 through the diversity visa lottery program.

Adan is alleged to have used her diversity visa to petition for green cards on behalf of a man she falsely claimed was her husband, as well as two of her cousins whom she falsely claimed were her children. The impostors used fake names and were granted family visas, which allowed all four to eventually become American citizens, according to civil complaints.

During litigation, Adan admitted that she had obtained her U.S. citizenship by concealing of material facts, including the true nature of her relationship to the people she claimed were her family members. Because Adan’s lies were material to the naturalization decision, Judge Nelson determined her citizenship was unlawfully obtained, DOJ said.

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Quote of the day

Paul Krugman, 1998....

"The growth of the Internet will slow drastically, as the flaw in ‘Metcalfe’s law’which states that the number of potential connections in a network is proportional to the square of the number of participantsbecomes apparent: most people have nothing to say to each other! By 2005 or so, it will become clear that the Internet’s impact on the economy has been no greater than the fax machine’s."


The blue Muslim wave

Fayaz Nawabi has never met President Trump. But he credits the president with convincing him to run for office.

Nawabi, a 31-year-old candidate for San Diego City Council, supports almost everything that Trump opposes: He is pro-affordable housing, pro-environment, pro-immigrant and pro-refugee. That makes him part of the blue wave of new liberal candidates spurred to run by Trump’s election and policies.

But Nawabi is also part of a notable subset: the blue Muslim wave.

More than 90 American Muslims, nearly all of them Democrats, are running for public office across the country this year. Many are young and politically inexperienced, and most are long shots.

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Taxpayers paying for some of Soros organizations

The U.S. government is using taxpayer dollars to support leftwing billionaire George Soros’ radical globalist agenda in Guatemala, a Judicial Watch investigation has found. A special investigative report published this week by Judicial Watch exposes in detail the connection between U.S.-funded entities and Soros’ Open Society Foundations (OSF) to further the Hungarian philanthropist’s efforts in the impoverished central American nation. The goal is to advance a radical globalist agenda through "lawfare" and political subversion, the report shows.

Much like in the United States, OSF programs in Guatemala include funding liberal media outlets, supporting global politicians, advocating for open borders, fomenting public discord and influencing academic institutions. A close alignment with the United Nations (UN) has proven to be a significant factor enhancing Soros’ efforts in Guatemala, specifically an American-funded, UN body called International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). Headed by a Colombian lawyer (Ivan Velásquez) notorious for powerful leftist alliances, the CICIG is known to utilize measures that threaten Guatemala’s sovereignty. Soros’ OSF describes the CICIG as "a potential model for other states" and the U.S. government has filled its coffers with approximately $36 million. Barack Obama’s ambassador to Guatemala, Todd Robinson, and Velásquez collaborated to illegally promote changes to the Guatemalan constitution and the Trump administration has not wavered in its support for both Velásquez and the CICIG.

A multitude of other entities funded by the U.S. government are furthering the Soros agenda in Guatemala and get money from the leftist billionaire. The report identifies more than a dozen of them, their mission and ties to Soros’ OSF. Among them is Chemonics International, a private development firm that partnered with OSF justice projects in Albania and received a $37,390,000 grant from the U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID) for a Guatemalan youth and gender justice project. A Sorors-funded environmentalist group called Fundación Para El Ecodesarrollo y la Conservación (Foundation for Ecodevelopment and Conservation, FUNDAECO) got a $1 million USAID grant for a sustainable water management project in Guatemala and $156,000 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a rainforest protection project. Other U.S.-funded entities also supported by Soros in Guatemala include the human rights organization Comité de Desarrollo Campesino (Committee for Rural Development, CODECA), Asociación de Abodagos y Notarios Mayas, the Myrna Mack Foundation and Women’s International Network for Guatemalan Solutions (WINGS).

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Migrants are restless in France

Angry youths in a deprived area of the French city of Toulouse have attacked police, torched cars and set fire to garbage during two nights of clashes that have led to 18 arrests, police said Tuesday.

The rioting in the Mirail area of the southern city, a high-crime neighbourhood once home to several jihadists, was apparently sparked by the death of a local man in prison and an identity check by police on a veiled woman on Sunday.

After nearly four hours of clashes on Sunday night that saw gangs throw stones at the local police station and set fire to about 10 cars, violence flared again on Monday night.

"Security forces were targeted throughout the night and carried out 18 arrests for violence, arson and insults," a statement from top local security official Pascal Mailhos said.

Anger in the area appeared to have been fuelled by the death of a local man in the nearby Seysses prison on Saturday which led to rumours that guards were responsible.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Morrissey is not a fan of London's mayor

Morrissey has slammed London Mayor Sadiq Khan following the rise of violent attacks recorded in the capital saying London is "second only to Bangladesh" and claimed Mr Khan "cannot talk properly".

The former Smiths frontman lashed out at the Mayor of London in an interview discussing his views on racism, violence and the capital.

And Morrissey stated that London "is debased" and that "civilisation is over".

Going on a rampage against Mr Khan, he added: "The Mayor of London tells us about ‘Neighborhood policin’ what is ‘policin’?

"He tells us London is an ‘amazin’ city. What is ‘amazin’? This is the Mayor of London! And he cannot talk properly!

"I saw an interview where he was discussing mental health, and he repeatedly said ‘men’el’… he could not say the words ‘mental health’. The Mayor of London!"

Morrissey, 58, also went on claiming that "we now live in the Age of Atrocity" because of the way authorities have been dealing with acid attacks in London.

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Quit in disgust

Acrimony between the FBI and the Justice Department was so bad in the waning days of the Obama administration that some agents quit the bureau in frustration, a former G-man says.

Fractures which began during the tenure of former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. deepened in the later years, and particularly in the run-up to the 2016 president election.

The depths of the antagonism were exposed in an inspector general’s report last week looking into former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired from the FBI earlier this year for misleading multiple investigations. While saying Mr. McCabe lacked candor in questioning, some of it under oath, the report went much deeper, describing the rift between the bureau and its political masters at the department.

Investigators detail one instance in August when Mr. McCabe got a call from a senior Justice Department official who complained about the FBI’s "overt" actions probing the Clinton Foundation in the middle of the campaign.

Mr. McCabe said he got the sense the Obama-era Justice Department was telling him "to shut down" the probe. Later he called the exchange as "very dramatic" and said he’d never had a confrontation like that with the Justice Department.

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Germany cracking down on Muslim crime families

German authorities have launched a crackdown on Middle Eastern crime families in Essen, a city in North Rhine-Westphalia where some 70 Turkish, Kurdish and Arab-born clan members regularly engage in racketeering, extortion, money laundering, pimping and trafficking in humans, weapons and drugs.

Middle Eastern crime clans now control large swathes of German cities and towns areas that are effectively lawless and which German police increasingly fear to approach.

The crime families, which have thousands of members, have for decades been allowed operate with virtual impunity: German judges and prosecutors were unable or unwilling to stop them, apparently out of fear of retribution.

The nascent crackdown comes nearly a year after the center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) won regional elections in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and replaced the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), which, apart from one legislative period, has ruled the region since 1966.

Observers say that the clans have become so powerful and ruthless that the government's only solution is to wage all-out war to utterly annihilate the clans. If the initial raid in Essen is any indication, however, the Middle Eastern crime families in Germany have little to fear.

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DOJ and FBI lead the scheme to entrap Trump

Loretta Lynch’s Justice Department and James Comey’s FBI worked together with the Hillary Clinton campaign to entrap Donald Trump and associates including his eldest son prior to the 2016 presidential election, according to records and testimony of federal law enforcement insiders.

One high ranking official in the Justice Department called it a sweeping "highly illegal" scheme to ensure Hillary Clinton’s election to the White House.

"This was clearly a scheme using Justice (Department) resources and State (Department) resources to get the Russian lawyer into the United States," one Justice Department insider said. "Who has the power to do this? Only the people at the very top."

Lynch. Comey. Andrew McCabe. Preet Bhahara. Sally Yates.

And according to high ranking FBI sources, the Bureau played a definitive role in plotting this sweeping privacy breach. But the FBI had much help from the NSA, CIA, the Office of of the Director of National Intelligence, Treasury financial crimes division under DHS, and the Justice Department, federal law enforcement sources confirmed.

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U.S. taxpayers are funding the Palestinians

Money is fungible. Any support of the "Palestinians" is support of jihad terror and genocidal aspirations.

"Your taxes are funding terrorists Demand that this stops," by Patrick Dunleavy, Fox News, April 17, 2018:

Tuesday is the due date for 2017 federal income tax returns your deadline for tallying up how much of the money that you worked hard to earn all year goes to Uncle Sam to fund all sorts of important and worthwhile projects … like supporting the families of terrorist murderers.

Yes, you read that right.

U.S. economic aid to the Palestinian Authority paid for by your tax dollars averages $400 million a year. The Palestinian Authority’s 2018 budget includes approximately $360 million to support imprisoned terrorists and the families of dead terrorists including murderers of Israelis and Americans.

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Colluders everywhere you look

Comey, McCabe, Clapper, Brennan, Lynch, Andrew Weissmann, Bruce and Nellie Ohr, Harry Reid, Samantha Power, Clinton attorney Jeannie Rhee . . .

If collusion is the twin of conspiracy, then there are lots of colluders running around Washington.

Robert Mueller was tasked to find evidence of Trump and Russia collusion that might have warped the 2016 campaign and thrown the election to Trump. After a year, his investigation has found no concrete evidence of collusion. So it has often turned to other purported Trump misadventures. Ironically, collusion of all sorts illegal, barely legal, and simply unethical has been the sea that Washington fish always swim in.

Christopher Steele, hired by the Hillary Clinton campaign through a series of firewall intermediaries, probably paid Russian sources for gossip and smears. If there is a crime of collusion, then Clinton-campaign contractors should be under investigation for seeking Russian help to find dirt on Trump, to spread smears around throughout the DOJ, FBI, and CIA, and to make sure that the dirt was leaked to the press in the final weeks of the campaign for the sole "insurance" purposes of losing Trump the election.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Democrats are hurting themselves

For Democrats, these numbers are going in the wrong direction.

In the wake of the FBI’s raid of the home and office of Michael Cohen on Monday, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, a poll released by Rasmussen finds American voters are growing increasingly suspicious of the motivations behind the "Russia collusion" investigation.

And Trump’s consistent characterization of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe as a "witch hunt" might be starting to sink in.

A poll of 1,000 likely voters found less than half of those surveyed think Mueller’s investigation is an "honest attempt to determine wrongdoing" according to Rasmussen.

Meanwhile, significantly more of those polled consider it a "partisan witch hunt" than the percentage who thought so during a similar survey in October.

Neither number bodes well for the ongoing Democrat-media campaign to discredit the Trump White House.

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Sweden experiencing increased violence

Sweden may be known for its popular music, IKEA and a generous welfare state. It is also increasingly associated with a rising number of Islamic State recruits, bombings and hand grenade attacks.

In a period of two weeks earlier this year, five explosions took place in the country. It’s not unusual these days Swedes have grown accustomed to headlines of violent crime, witness intimidation and gangland executions. In a country long renowned for its safety, voters cite "law and order" as the most important issue ahead of the general election in September.

The topic of crime is sensitive, however, and debate about the issue in the consensus-oriented Scandinavian society is restricted by taboos. ...

Gang-related gun murders, now mainly a phenomenon among men with immigrant backgrounds in the country’s parallel societies, increased from 4 per year in the early 1990s to around 40 last year. Because of this, Sweden has gone from being a low-crime country to having homicide rates significantly above the Western European average. Social unrest, with car torchings, attacks on first responders and even riots, is a recurring phenomenon.

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Protests against conservative professor

Unrest on the campus of Florida Atlantic University reached a crescendo recently when students crashed a faculty meeting there to protest a conservative professor at that school, Marshall DeRosa.

In a phone interview with The College Fix, DeRosa said that the protesting students "want my scalp in order to say conservatives, shut the hell up."

"It’s a poisoned atmosphere for conservatives, and especially Christian conservatives," he added.

DeRosa, a political science professor who teaches constitutional law, came under fire last week in part because of a recently resurfaced essay in which DeRosa discusses "black supremacy" and its origins to the history of slavery in the United States.

The essay argues that blacks had a significant role in the slave trade that has been ignored in favor of whites’ role in the brutal system. "Suffice it to say that linking the two, slavery with white supremacy is a gross over-simplification," DeRosa argues in the paper.

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Quote of the day

Locals resisting California state government

More local governments in California are resisting the state’s efforts to resist the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown, and political experts see politics at play as Republicans try to fire up voters in a state where the GOP has grown weak.

Since the Jeff Sessions-led Department of Justice sued California last month over its so-called "sanctuary state" law limiting police collaboration with immigration agents, at least a dozen local governments have voted to either join or support the lawsuit or for resolutions opposing the state’s position. Those include the Board of Supervisors in Orange County, which has more than 3 million people.

More action is coming this week, with leaders in the Orange County city of Los Alamitos scheduled to vote Monday on a proposal for a local law to exempt the community of 12,000 from the state law. On Tuesday, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is meeting to consider joining the Trump administration lawsuit.

Immigration has been a hot topic across the country since President Donald Trump campaigned in 2016 on promises of tougher enforcement and a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. It has been a lightning rod issue in California far longer.

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Illinois pensions, fail

You’d be mistaken to think Harvey, Illinois has a unique pension crisis. It may be the first, and its problems may be the most severe, but the reality is the mess is everywhere, from East St. Louis to Rockford and from Quincy to Danville. A review of Illinois Department of Insurance pension data shows that Harvey could be just the start of a flood of garnishments across the state.

Harvey made the news last year when an Illinois court ordered the municipality to hike its property taxes to properly fund the Harvey firefighter pension fund, which is just 22 percent funded.

Now, the state has stepped in on behalf of Harvey’s police pension fund. The state comptroller has begun garnishing the city’s tax revenues to make up what the municipality failed to contribute. In response, the city has announced that 40 public safety employees will be laid off.

Under state law, pensions that don’t receive required funding may demand the Illinois Comptroller intercept their municipality’s tax revenues. More than 400 police and fire pension funds, or 63 percent of Illinois’ 651 total downstate public safety funds, received less funding than what was required from their cities in 2016 the most recent year for which statewide data is available.

Two-thirds of Illinois’ 355 police pension funds failed to receive their full required contribution in 2016. And 60 percent of Illinois’ 296 firefighter pension funds suffered the same fate.

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Texas City disaster of 1947

On April 16, 1947, one of the largest industrial explosions ever killed an estimated 576 people in Texas City, about 40 miles south of Houston.

A cargo ship called the Grandcamp, which had previously been docked in Houston, was docked in Texas City. While there it was being loaded with ammonium nitrate fertilizer, an extremely flammable substance.

A fire broke out in the ship's cargo hold and despite efforts to extinguish the flames, the fire spread and at 9:12 a.m., the ship exploded.

The blast was so massive that it leveled or damaged more than 1,000 surrounding buildings, shattered windows in Houston 40 miles away, and in Denver, over 900 miles away, a seismograph registered the explosion as if it were an earthquake.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Kill gays and Jews, says guest speaker

Less than two years after 49 people were slaughtered by an Islamic terrorist at a gay nightclub in Orlando, the Greenwood Lakes Middle School in coordination with Muslim community groups in Orlando have decided to host a Syrian sheik who has called for the killing of gays and all Jews.

In a flyer created for a "Positive Parenting Skills" conference, Islamic scholar Dr. M. Rateb Al-Nabulsi is listed as a "special guest speaker" at the event, which is being held by the Security Advancement Center (SAC), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), and Aisha Cultural Center in Orlando.

The event is described as a day-long conference with Muslim community organizers with an emphasis on parenting and family issues according to what is said in the Koran and Sunnah.

Al Nabulsi, the Muslim extremist guest speaker, is notorious for making anti-American, anti-gay, and anti-Jew comments, all of which have been caught on camera and translated into English. Nonetheless, he has been invited back into the very same community that is still struggling to recover from a jihadi who wreaked havoc on innocents at the Pulse nightclub.

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Quote of the day

Ronald Reagan....

"We are a nation that has a governmentnot the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth."


Dueling populism

Populism is seen as both bad and good because people disagree about what it represents and intends. In the present age, there are two different sorts of populism. Both strains originated in classical times and persist today.

In antiquity, one type was known by elite writers of that time to be the "bad" populism. It appealed to the volatile, landless urban "mob," or what the Athenians dubbed pejoratively the ochlos and the Romans disparagingly called the turba. Their popular unrest was spearheaded by the so-called demagogoi ("leaders of the people") or, in Roman times, the popular tribunes. These largely urban protest movements focused on the redistribution of property, higher liturgies or taxes on the wealthy, the cancellation of debts, support for greater public employment and entitlements, and sometimes imperialism abroad. Centuries later, the French Revolution and many of the European upheavals of 1848 reflected some of these same ancient tensions. Those modern mobs wanted government-mandated equality of result rather than that of opportunity, and they believed egalitarianism should encompass nearly all facets of life.

This populism operated via redistribution and it was the antecedent of today’s progressive movement. Contemporary progressive populists favor higher taxes on the rich, more entitlements for the poor, identity politics reparations, and relief from debts such as the cancellation of student loans. Various grassroots movements like Occupy Wall Street, Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and the Bernie Sanders phenomenon have all promoted such policies.

But there was always another populismand in the ancient world, it was considered a "good" form of grassroots activism even though its contemporary version is disparaged by the liberal press: this political movement stemmed from the conservative and often rural quarters of the middle classes. The agrarian agendas of the Gracchi brothers, Roman politicians from the second century BC, were quite different from that of the later bread-and-circus urban underclass, in the same way that the American revolutionaries emphasized liberty while their French counterparts championed egalitarianism. More recently, the populism of the Tea Party is antithetical to that of Occupy Wall Street.

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